Jader Bignamini

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) announced today that Italian conductor Jader Bignamini, 43, has been appointed Music Director beginning with the 2020-2021 season. Bignamini was chosen following a search by an eight-member search committee comprising DSO musicians, board, and staff. Jader Bignamini succeeds Leonard Slatkin, who ended his decade-long tenure as DSO Music Director in 2018 and is currently the orchestra’s Music Director Laureate. Previous music directors of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra have included Neeme Järvi (Music Director Emeritus), Antal Dorati, Sixten Ehrling, Paul Paray, and Ossip Gabrilowitsch.

This week, audiences in Detroit and around the world will be able to see and hear for themselves the DSO under its newly appointed music director in three concerts at Orchestra Hall. Bignamini will conduct the DSO in Paganini’s virtuosic Violin Concerto No. 1 (with Augustin Hadelich) and Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique.

Sunday’s concert will be webcast for free at dso.org/live and via Facebook Live, as part of the DSO’s Live from Orchestra Hall series. T

Bignamini started his career as a musician with Orchestra Sinfonica La Verdi in Milan, and later as the group’s resident conductor.

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